The World Series of Poker is days away. There are also smaller tournament series being held at Orleans, Binion’s Golden Nugget, Bellagio, Planet Hollywood, Venetian, Wynn, and Aria. Tens of thousands of poker players will visit Las Vegas during this time.
Many of these players are travelling from states that do not have regulated online poker. Some visitors will be from states that have laws that even make the most renegade offshore sites avoid them.
WSOP.com will make sure that players at Rio know that its services are available. The site went all out last year in a marketing blitz that included stations where players could create an account before it launched. There were arrows in the tile and on the walls pointing players to the signup desks. The tournament rooms were covered in WSOP.com branding. This year will be no different.
Players looking to take a break from the live tables will have another option this year. There will be a “Grind Room” where players may sign in to their WSOP.com account and play online poker without having to leave the Rio Convention Center. Players looking to get completely away from Rio will be able to play in hotel rooms and anywhere else that has a wireless internet connection.
There will be more reasons to play online poker at WSOP.com than just a change of pace from live action.
High Roller Series
The High Roller Series is a seven-day event that starts on May 25. The buyins start at $215 with guarantees ranging between $10k and $30k. The Main Event on May 31 has a $530 buyin and a guaranteed prize pool of $50k. All tournaments are No Limit Texas Hold’em. Satellites are already running for the High Roller Series.
The WSOP Online Championships series starts on June 1. There are fifteen events spread across as many days. Most are No Limit Texas Hold’em, however, there are two $109 Pot Limit Omaha events. Buyins start at $55 and run as high as $530. There are several rebuy and addon tournaments. Guarantees start at $5,000 and go as high as $200k. Satellites are already running for these events.
Last, but definitely not least, WSOP.com will be offering satellites to bracelet events. Rebuy and addon events start at just $5.50 for one guaranteed seat to any $1,500 event. There are $215 satellites to the $10,000 Main Event. There are also $27.50 rebuy and addons that guarantee at least two $1,500 WSOP seats.
There are two monthly freerolls. There is a $10k Main Event freeroll for players that meet one of the following qualifications.
- Make a total of $1,000 in deposits during the month
- Play 20 days of cash games in a month
- Play 100 or more sit and gos in the month
- Place in the final two in the $10k or $25k Sunday tournaments
The next $10k freeroll will be held on June 7 at noon.
A player may qualify for the $1,500 seat freeroll through one of the following ways:
- Make a deposit during the month
- Play 10 days of cash games during the month
- Play 50 or more sit and gos during the month
- Make the final table the $25K or $10k Sunday tournaments
- Play in the $25k or $10k Sunday tournament (regardless of finish) three times during the month
The next freeroll will be held at noon on June 8.
Rio Cage Deposits
One of the biggest complaints from WSOP players in Nevada has been the lack of cash deposits at a casino cage. WSOP will resolve this situation by accepting cash deposits at the Rio cages. This service starts on May 27.
Cash withdrawals will not be immediately available. WSOP.com is hoping to add these transactions during the WSOP. Players will be able to withdraw to a bank account or by check while waiting on cash withdrawals to launch.
First Deposit/Reload Bonus
WSOP.com will raise its deposit bonus from 100% up to $400 to 100% up to $1,000 once the WSOP kicks off on May 27. The bonus clears at a rate of $10 for every $50 in contributed rake paid. Players have 60 days to clear the bonus.
Players depositing cash at Rio will qualify for a 100% up to $1,000 bonus. The offer is available to new and existing players, even if the first deposit bonus offer was already claimed. The reload bonus terms are the same as the first deposit bonus.
Make Sure to Bring Laptop to Las Vegas
WSOP in Nevada does not yet offer mobile apps. This means a laptop will be required to play. WSOP.com supports Windows and Mac platforms.